The season is officially upon us. There haven't been a ton of games played as of this writing (Thursday October 13), but I did want to take a moment and touch on a few players. There have been a number of interesting developments, and guys to watch through camp or the first few games.
For this week we don't have a specific report we are working off – more taking a look at changes in lines and flashes of production through preseason and the early going. The goal is to identify if players are worth holding/grabbing, or if we should be cutting bait. We will be referencing the player profiles, using the game log, line combo, and career pages, while using rostered percentages from Yahoo. Also this is all based on Wednesday night's games, so I will undoubtedly miss some storylines from Thursday night. The usual caveat also applies here that we are dealing with small sample sizes, and deployment can change quickly.
To start we are going to Carolina as they had a bunch of players on my list. Based on preseason lines, Ondrej Kase (0 percent rostered) was up on the top power play, with Martin Necas (11 percent) and Jesperi Kotkaniemi (4 percent) playing on the second line and second power play and Seth Jarvis (65 percent) getting top-line deployment. Jarvis is an obvious add if he is still available to you, but it is actually Necas who has been blowing the doors off. He put up six points in three preseason games (which yeah, it's preseason), but then went and put up three points in game one and played almost 18 minutes. Kotkaniemi got closer to 15 and a half minutes total, but also got a point to go along with four over four preseason games. I am reasonably interested in both going forward.
Next, we have a bunch of players that are in very interesting spots, where we have some evidence that their deployment is working. These are definitely all players I would grab if I have them available. They are deployment dependent so keep an eye on those lines as these folks might not be worth much if things change.
Dylan Strome (25 percent) looks to be anchoring the second line in Washington and getting a turn on the top power play. That unit is lethal so getting access to it is ideal. Strome saw almost 20 minutes of total time in his first game, five and a half minutes of power-play time, and got a goal. He had four points in four preseason games for what it is worth.